Application for Premium Assistance

These forms can be used by beneficiaries who are enrolled with MSP under a self-administered account. If you are enrolled under a group-administered account through an employer, union or pension plan, contact the group plan administrator with any queries regarding premium assistance. If you are not enrolled with MSP, see Application for Enrolment.

Assistance with the payment of premiums is available to Canadian citizens and holders of permanent resident status who have held that status and been resident in Canada for the last 12 consecutive months. For specific information see Premium Assistance.

There are two premium assistance programs – Regular Premium Assistance administered by MSP and Temporary Premium Assistance administered by the Ministry of Finance. Eligibility for Regular Premium Assistance is based on net income for the preceding year, less deductions for age, family size, disability and any reported Universal Child Care Benefit and Registered Disability Savings Plan Income. If you believe you may be eligible, please complete an Application for Regular Premium Assistance.

Effective January 1, 2015, monthly rates are $72.00 for one person, $130.50 for a family of two and $144.00 for a family of three or more. From January 1, 2014, to December 31, 2014 monthly rates are $69.25 for one person, $125.50 for a family of two and $138.50 for a family of three or more.

On January 1, 2010, the Regular Premium Assistance program was enhanced to allow more British Columbians to qualify and to allow persons already receiving a partial subsidy to qualify for a higher level of assistance.

The adjusted net income thresholds to qualify for a subsidy under the Regular Premium Assistance Program are shown in the table below:

Monthly Rates Effective January 1, 2015

Five levels of assistance are available based on adjusted net income for the previous tax year

Adjusted Net Income

One Person

Family of Two

Family of Three or More

$0 - $22,000




$22,001 - $24,000




$24,001 - $26,000




$26,001 - $28,000




$28,001 - $30,000




Over $30,000




HLTH 119 Application for Regular Premium Assistance

Temporary Premium Assistance is a one-time, short-term period of MSP premium waiver. It assists individuals and families who are not able to pay premiums due to unexpected financial hardship for which they could not have reasonably budgeted.

Note: If you qualify for any level of regular assistance, you should make application for that program regardless of whether you will also be completing an application for temporary assistance. Most beneficiaries who qualify for a premium subsidy do so under the regular rather than the temporary assistance program.

An Application for Temporary Premium Assistance can be found on the website of the Ministry of Finance.


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